The Life of Thomas V. "Slim" Boyd
Thomas Boyd, also known as Slim Jim, Slim and Mr. Slim was an outgoing man who liked to make people feel good through music. He started performing in 2nd grade, singing for the nuns at the Holy Child School and continued to entertain people throughout his life.
Tom sang and played guitar in many local bands and could perform all styles of music but preferred rock and roll and was ultimately a super fan of Elvis Presley. Early in his career, he traveled the Northeast teaching kids a history of rock and roll while sharing his love of music. In 2008 he took 1st place in the Delco Senior Idol competition and for the past several years he performed for community groups, senior centers and especially enjoyed entertaining crowds at the Lansdowne Farmer’s Market.
Tom worked as a talented house painter and handyman and customers often became friends because of his engaging personality. Singing was happily considered part of the job. He had a great sense of humor and enjoyed telling jokes to make people laugh. A great cook, he loved sharing recipes and talking about food.
Tom was a kind and dedicated father who raised 4 children and was happy to be PopPop to Sylvia and Keyra. He was enthusiastically awaiting the birth of his grandson this year. He was an adoring and devoted husband to Liz (Rieder) and he will be deeply missed by his family and friends. He was brother of the late Robert, Michael and James Boyd
Survivors include his wife Liz Rieder, daughter, Alisa Christian (Chris); sons, Thomas J. Boyd (Tiffany Galindo), Patrick Boyd (Julie Rush) and Joshua Chapter, his brother Frank Boyd (Betsy) , 2 granddaughters and many nieces and nephews.
Visitation with COVID precautions 10:15 Sat, May 8 at the Toppitzer Funeral Home, 2900 State Rd., Drexel Hill, followed by 12noon graveside remembrances at Arlington Cemetery
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A good neighbor, painted my front porch, love to sing always would said hi or stop over to talk he will be missed prays to Liza. We will miss him at the christmas crawl
A Lifelong Friend
The news was sudden and unexpected. Tom Boyd, a friend I had known since elementary school was at Lankenau Hospital on life support. It wasn't possible. There had been no warning. Tom was vital, in good shape, and in love with his wife, his family, his music, and life itself. Tom was such a positive individual. He was kind and considerate. He wore his heart on his sleeve and wasn't afraid to cry when deep-felt emotions bubbled up from inside. Knowing Tom in grade school, high school, and college was a gift I cherish to this day. Tom was the best man at our wedding nearly fifty years ago and has stayed close in good times and difficult moments. Tom was a survivor, a talented craftsman, a gifted musician and a damn good cook. So many of my best memories include Tom Boyd. He loved my mother and she loved him. He has performed living room concerts for four generations of the Banchi family and has etched his memory in our hearts. Tom Boyd was a good man, sincere, steadfast, and caring. He will be missed but cannot be forgotten. May you rest easy in grace and in love, dear friend.
He left his mark on all who knew him
If ever there was a "to know him is to love him" type of guy it was Slim, as he would be the first to tell you! A truly endearing man with an infectious sense of humor. He always left you with a smile on your face. He will be sorely missed. Heartfelt condolences to Liz and family and all who cherished him as a friend.